CHERRY VALLEY COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA)

This program has been the backbone of the farm since we began in 2007. We started with 45 families and have grown to over 180 families in 2020. This year, we continue to grow what we grow best and maintain our multi-farm CSA that supports the regional foodshed and ensures that the highest quality and widest variety of vegetables are offered in the weekly share. Full shares and half shares are offered between the months of June and November. The summer program is 11- 20 weeks. We also offer a Fall CSA program that continues until the end of November. Off site pick-up points are located throughout the Pocono's, Easton and Bethlehem area.

The Josie Porter Farm has 48 acres, and 5 of those acres are in vegetable production, enclosed by a deer excluder fence. We grow over 30 varieties of vegetables using regenerative farming practices. A weekly share is provided from this bounty, supplemented with some off-farm products grown to our standards by local farmers. Shares are picked up on-farm either on Wednesdays or Fridays between 3 pm and 6 pm and deliveries to drop off sites are arranged with the pick-up site location. Share pick-ups usually begin the first or second week of June. Memberships are now available for the 2021 CSA  program. On-farm pickup is on Wednesdays or Fridays between 3-6 pm. 

 
Benefits to CSA membership include:

  • Assured assortment of produce in each share (7 to12 varieties of vegetables)
  • Pick-your-own option for herbs and cut flowers (on-site pick-up only)
  • Pick-your-own option for excess or specific field crops (on-site pick-up only)
  • Discounts for events and programs
  • Use of the farm for picnicking, hiking, learning, meditating (subject to farm operations schedules)

 *We do offer payment plans and accept EBT SNAP Benefits for payment of CSA Membership.

 

Cherry Valley CSA, a program of the Josie Porter Farm, eight minutes south of Stroudsburg in Northeastern Pennsylvania, offers families an opportunity to partake in fresh, locally grown, organic produce. Families who participate by purchasing shares in the farm support the cost of raising these delicious vegetables and help maintain the environmental and scenic quality of the beautiful Cherry Valley area of the Pocono Mountains. The local community of shareholders becomes connected with and mindful of the real needs of our Earth, the Valley, and our farms.

Frequently Ask Questions

2021 On-Farm CSA Membership Fees

Full Share           $700

Half Share           $400


*This is payable by cash or check.  Payment plans are available.

Membership fees cover the costs of seeds, soil amendments, farm supplies, insurance, salaries for the farmers and so much more that goes into making the operation sustainable. Cherry Valley CSA offers payment plans for membership.  If you are new to Cherry Valley CSA, take a look at our CSA information on our website.  If you have any questions please feel free to call us and ask questions.  

Cherry Valley CSA

570-992-5731 (store)

jpfarm@ptd.net

Pay for your membership online

 

Picking Up Vegetables at the Josie Porter Farm

What to Bring:

  • Baskets or bags to carry home all your produce
  • Money or credit card to pick up additional items at the farm stand such as cheese, bread, honey, maple syrup, meats, eggs and dairy.
  • Compost for our compost piles

What can be included in your compost?

  • Food scraps, especially vegetable and fruit trimmings, eggshells, tea bags, and coffee grounds
  • Yard, garden wastes, including leaves, small twigs, pruned branches, small weeds, or mulch

What should not be included in your compost?

  • Meat and dairy scraps, including bones, cheese, and milk products
  • Greasy foods
  • Diseased or invasive plants

Times, location, and parking:

Member pick-ups will be at the Josie Porter Farm.  Farm distributions are held on Wednesday’s and Fridays from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

 

At the Distribution Shed, How to Pick-Up Your Vegetables:

When you first walk up to our Distribution Center tables, there will be a large dry erase board listing the vegetables and quantities of vegetables in your share for this week as well as which pick your own (PYO) crops can be picked.  

The vegetables in your share (all except PYO) will be packed in boxes and ready for you to pick-up when you arrive. Due to Covid we are not offering a market style CSA at this time. 

You will be receiving an e-newsletter each week that highlights what you will be receiving in your share, news from the field, and recipe suggestions.  Let us know if you do not have Internet access and we can make paper copies available.

Finally, picking up your produce is meant to be a relaxing experience. Take a moment to get to know other shareholders, exchange recipes, take a hike, see the fields and greet the farmers & farmhands.

If you can’t make it to distribution:

If you are going to be away on your distribution day, you are responsible for arranging with a neighbor, friend, or relative to pick up and/or use your share.  Or, if you need another day to pick up your share, please let us know a week ahead of time by calling 570-992-5731 or emailing jpfarm@ptd.net.  Otherwise, we’ll donate your food to a local food bank, non-CSA member volunteers, or soup kitchen.
 
Please don’t expect us to have a share for you if you haven’t notified us that you will not be there.  All food that is left unaccounted for is donated, composted, or fed to our chickens.   

 

New Membership

We are now taking new CSA memberships for the 2021 CSA season. If you have further questions about the CSA, please feel free to contact us at 570-992-5731 or jpfarm@ptd.net

Or purchase your share online.

Sample Shares

Below is a list of samples of what you may expect to receive in a full share by season:

Sample Spring Season:

Lettuce, Spinach/Kale, Beets, Scallions, Turnips/Radishes, Spring Field Greens, Peas, Garlic Scapes, Herbs

 

Sample Summer Season:

Cucumbers, Tomatoes (cherry, paste & slicing), Garlic, Onions

Sweet Peppers, Broccoli, Potatoes, Beans, Basil, Zucchini & Squash, Hot Peppers, Sweet Corn 

 

Sample Fall Season:

Beets, Carrots, Kale, Potatoes, Garlic, Onions, Rutabaga, Leeks,


Winter Squash, Turnips

 

Produce list for 2021 (dependent on availability)

SPRING (May - early June) SUMMER (June - August) FALL (September - early November)
Asparagus  ** Amaranth/Orach Arugula
Cabbage **
Basil Beans (pick your own)
Garlic scapes Beans (snap, wax & edamame) Beets**
Green onions **        (Pick your own beans) Boc Choi
Lettuce (head & leaf) ** Beets ** Broccoli**
Peas (snap & snow) Broccoli ** Broccoli Raab
Radish Cabbage (red & green) ** Cabbage (red & green)**
Rhubarb** Carrots** Carrots**
Spinach** Cauliflower ** Cauliflower**
Spring garlic Cucumbers Chard
Spinach ** Eggplant** Collard Greens
Turnips Cut Flowers (Pick your own) Eggplant**
Watercress**  Garlic Endive/Escarole**
Assorted Culinary Herbs Leeks Fennel
(Pick your own) Letttuce  Garlic
 Basil Onions ** Kale
 Chives Okra Kohlrabi
 Cilantro Peppers (bell & hot) Lettuce
 Dill Potatoes Mizuna
 Mint Sweet Corn** Onions**
 Oregano Swiss Chard Peanuts
 Parsley Tomatoes Peppers (bell & hot)
 Sage Watermelon/Melons** Potatoes (spuds & sweet)
 Thyme Zucchini/Squash** Pumpkins (cooking & carving)
    Purslane
  Assorted Culinary Herbs Radish
  (Pick your own) Rutabaga
    Tomatoes
    Turnips
    Winter squash (delicata, hubbard, etc

 

**Grown In partnership with nearby local and regional sustainably managed farms which supplement Josie Porter Farm grown produce in the CSA shares and Buying Club offerings. 

CSA Drop-Off Sites

The Josie Porter Farm is now offering a CSA box share delivery program.  Shares will be delivered and are available in 2021 at several locations throughout Monroe County, Easton and Bethlehem.  Contact us if your organization or community is interested in participating in this dynamic and healthy program. In 2021 we will be delivering to the following locations:

Community Farm Share Pick-Up Locations
Mountain Top Lodge, Lake Naomi, PA (delivery time is on Friday)
Private Residence, Fleetwood St., Easton, PA (delivery time is on Friday)
 
Participating Business (Corporate) Farm Shares
Saint Lukes Hospital, Monroe Campus (delivery time is on Wednesday)
Saint Lukes North, Bethlehem (delivery time is on Friday)
 
 
The CSA shares are packed in 1/2 bushel and 1-bushel boxes and contain between 6-12 different varieties of vegetables.  We are excited to be offering these shares to our community and local businesses, increasing the health and wellness of our community, as well as creating access to locally & organically grown produce and farm products.
 
Interested in seeing your business participate? Contact us for details at jpfarm@ptd.net

 

CSA Box Share Program

Serving our community with nutritionally dense, healthy, local, and sustainably produced real food

CSA Box Share Program, an extension of our popular on-farm program is now offering deliveries to community centers, community groups, and places of worship. We provide 11-20 weekly deliveries per season, of a handpicked assortment of vegetables.  We source directly from our farm and the local family farms that we work with, within a 125-mile foodshed radius, who follow sustainable, earth-friendly farming methods.  These shares are a great way to help your family and community promote a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

The Josie Porter Farm (JPF) unites families, communities, and farmers year-round through nutritionally dense, high quality, locally grown food.  JPF is home to the Cherry Valley Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription program and a year-round Buying Club.   It also offers on-farm educational programming and special events throughout the seasons.  The Josie Porter Farm is a mission-driven local farm that is promoting and growing the local food movement in northeastern Pennsylvania and aims to strengthen regional sustainable farms and farmers while making the local and regional bounty of healthy food accessible to all.

The CSA Box Share program currently offers 2 share sizes; Full Share ($700) and Half Share ($400) with 11- 20 weekly deliveries.  Members will receive between 6-8 (Half Share) and 10-12 (Full Share) different varieties of vegetables each week. This program runs from June through November.

The 2021 Community Farm Share offers an optional add-on egg/bread share;  1 dozen pastured, organic eggs and 1 loaf of organic, wholesome bread is available at an additional $11 per delivery. Members can pay for their entire share upfront or in a payment plan set-up with the Josie Porter Farm. The delivery day and pick-up time will depend upon the site location and your group. All members will receive reusable wax boxes that will be swapped out at each pick-up location. The season will start at the beginning of June 2021. Sign up for the 2021 Community CSA Box Share now.

Membership benefits include:

  • Convenient delivery of fresh vegetables, as well as additional add-ons like eggs & bread.
  • An e-newsletter listing the items you'll receive and the farms they came from; plus farm profiles, recipes, nutritional information, and reminders on when and where to pick-up your share!
  • Ability to shop online and add-on items from the Josie Porter Farm Store - Allows you to supplement your CSA share with additional fruit and vegetable items, plus raw honey, real maple syrup, pastured meats & eggs, artisan cheeses & breads, wild-caught salmon, fair-trade & organic coffee and much more!
  • Demonstrates your commitment to our local farms and the local economy.

Interested in offering or Hosting this program?  Contact us at jpfarm@ptd.net or at 570-992-5731.

Workplace CSA Share

A program of the Josie Porter Farm serving your community with nutritionally dense, healthy, local, and sustainably produced real food

IF YOUR WORKPLACE or ORGANIZATION HAS COMMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKPLACE CSA, YOU CAN SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 2021 SUMMER SEASON:

Work Place CSA, a program of the Josie Porter Farm, offers Farm Share deliveries to workplaces and organizations. We provide 11-20 weekly deliveries per season, of a handpicked assortment of vegetables.  We source directly from the local family farms that we work within PA  who follow sustainable, earth-friendly farming methods. These shares are a great way to help your organization promote a balanced and healthy lifestyle that benefits individuals and families as well as your workplace/organization as a whole.

The Josie Porter Farm (JPF) unites families, communities, and farmers year-round through nutritionally dense, high quality, locally grown food.  JPF is home to the Cherry Valley Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription program and a year-round buying club.   It also offers on-farm educational programming and special events throughout the seasons.  The Josie Porter Farm is a mission-driven local farm that is promoting and growing the local food movement in northeastern Pennsylvania and aims to strengthen regional sustainable farmers while making the local and regional bounty of healthy food accessible to all.

The Work Place CSA program currently offers a full or half share for 11-20 weekly deliveries.  Members will receive between 6-8 (half share) or 10-12 (full share) different varieties of vegetables each week. This CSA Program runs from June - November.

The 2021 Work Place Farm Share cost is $700/Full Share or $400/Half Share for the season.  An optional add-on egg/bread share, that offers 1 dozen pastured, organic eggs and 1 loaf of organic, wholesome bread is available at an additional $11 per delivery. The delivery day will depend upon the site location. All members will receive reusable wax boxes that will be swapped out at each pick-up location. The season will start at the beginning of June 2021. 

Membership benefits include:

  • Convenient deliveries to your place of employment of fresh vegetables as well as a dozen eggs, and organic bread from regional family farms.
  • An e-newsletter listing the items you'll receive and the farms they came from; plus farm profiles, recipes, nutritional information, and reminders on when and where to pick-up your share!

INTERESTED IN OFFERING THIS PROGRAM AT YOUR WORKPLACE OR ORGANIZATION? WE CAN MAKE A PRESENTATION TO YOUR GROUP.  CONTACT US AT jpfarm@ptd.net OR AT 570-992-5731.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Payment options may be determined by workplaces/organizations and will occur either through payment plans, payroll deduction (where applicable) or through a one-time check payment. No matter what your payment option, every member must submit an application.

By check: Make check out to Josie Porter Farm, mail to: 

Josie Porter Farm 
6332 Cherry Valley Rd. 
Stroudsburg, PA  18360 


*Indicate your delivery location in the memo line.

DELIVERY AND PICK-UP TIMES

Delivery/Picking-up Shares: The shares will be delivered to your site in 1/2 bushel wax vegetable boxes. Each week, members are responsible for returning their reusable wax box to the distribution point so that we can swap boxes out each week for future deliveries.  This helps lessen the cost to you and the Work Place CSA program.  If members do not remember their boxes for 2 consecutive distribution days, a charge of $5 will be applied to that member.

Pick-up Times: Pick-up times will be determined by your workplace/organization and will be communicated to you via email once determined. There will also be a reminder of where and when to pick-up in your e-newsletter.